While in my boyfriend Luke’s backyard, gearing up for a bike ride, an apple fell right off the tree and hit me square in the head. I immediately had a revelation: apple pie!! Well that wasn’t exactly how it went down, but it would have if I were Newton. Anyways, I always knew Luke had an apple tree, but never once did it occur to me to harvest its fruit. Until that day. So with a box full of apples I began my journey for a relatively easy apple pie recipe and I came across this. It is the most kick-ass apple pie I’ve ever had. Flaky crust, tender cinnamon infused apple slices, and gooey goodness are abound.
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 tsp Earth Balance “butter” spread (or other non-dairy “butter” spread)
3/4 cup boiling water
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups unbleached wheat flour
In large bowl add first three ingredients and mix until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and knead until dough forms. Knead for a few minutes. Wrap dough up in parchment/wax paper and put in fridge for a minimum of 3 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
Apple Pie Filling:
6 large apples (or 9-10 smaller ones), peeled (or not) and sliced up
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
2 tbsp unbleached wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350. Place prepared apples and raisins in large pot of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain apples and raisins, but save 1/4 cup of the apple water for later use. Place apples and raisins in large bowl with maple syrup, cinnamon, and lemon juice and mix well. In a saucepan add 1/4 cup of apple water and cornstarch. Stir until mixture is thick and add to apple mix. Then add wheat flour to mixture while stirring well. Set aside. Take half of the pie crust dough and roll out to form bottom of crust and place in pie dish. Pour apple mixture into dish. Take other half of dough and roll out to form a top crust or cut out long strips to form lattice like I did. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Smell the deliciousness that is apple fucking pie. Goes great with non-dairy ice cream.